A magnificent property with its own private garden,
near the castle in the historic centre of Ancenis
Nantes, LOIRE-ATLANTIQUE pays-de-loire 44000 FR


Ancenis is a small town, yet which has all the shops and services you might need as well as schools and a hospital. Community life, restaurants and cultural venues abound in this historic town, formerly part of Brittany, halfway between the gentleness of Anjou and the energy of Nantes. Paris can be reached in around 2 and a half hours from by train via Angers, and there is motorway access, getting you to Nantes or Angers in three quarters of an hour.


The building is located on one of the most beautiful squares in the historic centre of Ancenis. At the foot of the covered market, just a few hundred metres from the castle and the banks of the River Loire, it overlooks a small square where a market is held several times a week. It is complemented by a vast walled garden and two garages that open onto the street to the back. There is also a pedestrian gate. The building was constructed in around 1850 as a private mansion for the use of a single occupant and their staff. It was subsequently converted into an apartment block, made up of four flats, two of which are still occupied. The whole property is in need of restoration. Rectangular in shape, it has three storeys and four rows of windows. It has a basement level covering the entire surface area, a raised ground floor, a first floor and an attic floor. It is built on a granite base, with an ashlar facade enhanced by a tufa stone bossage. The Mansard-style roof, covered in pebbled slate, features dormer windows, the central two of which are rusticated and topped with a broken pediment with interior scrolls. The first floor has a long balcony and the French windows are surmounted by mascarons or acanthus leaf brackets. The windows are all fitted with metal or wooden shutters and protected by wrought iron railings. The basement has cellars with an earthen floor. The ground floor has two self-contained flats. Each has its own entrance at either end of the building. There is just one flat on the first floor. The second floor has a flat and attic.

The first flat on the raised ground floor

It occupies the right-hand side of the building and is accessed via a separate entrance from the square. It has an entrance hall, a lounge with parquet flooring on the square side and, to the rear, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a shower room. It has private access to the garden from the kitchen and the second bedroom. In the entrance hall, a staircase leads to a third bedroom, which opens onto the rear and is adjacent to the other flat on the first floor. With a floor area of around 120 m², it is let on a residential lease. Restoration will be necessary when the current tenants leave.

The second flat on the raised ground floor

It occupies the left-hand side of the building. Access is from the main entrance, via a vestibule that also opens onto the garden and features a stairway leading to the upper floors and cellars. It has a main living area overlooking the square, with a kitchenette. This living room has oak parquet flooring and a decorative black marble shell fireplace. It leads to a shower room and toilet, as well as a bedroom to the rear, lit by a French window opening onto the garden. With a floor area of around 55 m², the property was renovated three years ago and is let on a residential lease.

The first floor flat

Accessed via a beautiful oak staircase from the entrance hall, it occupies almost the entire first floor. It has three large adjoining rooms overlooking Place Foch, a bedroom and a large kitchen overlooking the rear of the building. With a central corridor, it also includes a shower room and toilet. The adjoining rooms have herringbone oak or stone parquet flooring. Light comes in through French windows opening onto a balcony. The interior door leading to the large drawing room features a period stained glass window set in lead on the upper panel. Fireplaces are set against the walls of each reception room, two in grey or black marble "à la Pompadour", and another, more remarkable, in the largest room. This large mantel has beautifully carved wooden jambs and mantel panels, and a riser lined with turquoise ceramic featuring gilded fleurs-de-lis. It has a floor area of around 125 m², and needs renovation. It is currently vacant.

The second floor flat

It is on the side facing the square. It has a double living room with parquet or linoleum floor and straight grey or beige marble fireplaces, a bedroom with parquet floor and cupboard and an old bathroom with a toilet. It has a floor area of around 50 m², and needs renovation. It is currently vacant.

Convertible attics

These occupy the part under the roof facing the garden and consist of several adjoining rooms. They form a surface area that can be developed. There is a toilet on the landing.

The two garages

Built at the back of the plot, they open onto the street to the rear. They have parking space for two vehicles and provide access to the garden. One of them is rented with the first flat, while the other is vacant. This building spans approximately 51 m².

The garden

With a total surface area of around 525 m², it is currently divided into two parts, each for the use of the two current occupants of the building. A doorway at the rear of the plot provides access to the street located at the back. It is separated from neighbouring properties by shale rubble walls. A small building of around 7 m² along one of the adjoining walls is used as a storeroom. The plot is considered suitable for building under the local urban development plan (PLU).

Our opinion

A former 19th century mansion in a dynamic housing estate with high rental demand, equidistant from Nantes and Angers. The neo-classical facade, decorated with mascarons and elegantly scrolled ironwork, houses four large apartments in need of renovation, two of which will be vacated when the tenants leave. Still available for building, the land could also be the subject of a densification project. With its walled garden in the heart of the historic center, a stopover point on the "Loire à vélo" route, exploiting the site for tourism is a promising option.

Exclusive sale

580 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 166538

Land registry surface area 827 m2
Main building surface area 350 m2
Number of bedrooms 7
Outbuilding surface area 30 m2

Aucune procédure en cours menée sur le fondement des articles 29-1 A et 29-1 de la loi n°65-557 du 10 juillet 1965 et de l’article L.615-6 du CCH

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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